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Title: Prince William Sound Marine Bird Surveys, Synthesis and Restoration

Project Year and Number: 2008: 080751

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2011: 10100751, 2010: 10100751, 2007: 070751, 2006: 050751, 2005: 050751, 2004: 040159, 2002: 02159, 2001: 01159, 2000: 00159, 1999: 99159, 1998: 98159, 1997: 97159-CLO, 1996: 96159, 1994: 94159, 1993: 93045

Principal Investigator (PI): David Irons, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound, Alaska

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Bald Eagles , Black Oystercatchers , Common Loons , Common Murres , Cormorants , Harlequin Ducks , Kittlitz's Murrelets , Marbled Murrelets , Pigeon Guillemot

Abstract: We propose to write a report for the survey that was conducted to monitor abundance of marine birds in Prince William Sound, Alaska during March and July 2007. Eight previous surveys have monitored population trends for >65 bird and 8 marine mammal species in Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. We will use data collected in 2007 to examine trends from summer and from winter to determine whether populations in the oiled zone are increasing, decreasing, or stable. We will also examine overall population trends for the Sound. Continued monitoring of marine birds and synthesis of the data are needed to determine whether populations injured by the spill are recovering. Data collected from 1989 to 2005 in the oiled area indicated that bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), common loons (Gavia immer), and cormorants (Phalacrocorax spp) are increasing in winter. Numbers of all other injured species are either not changing or are declining in the oiled area. Populations of harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus), black oystercatchers (Haematopus bachmani) and common murres (Uria aalgae) are showing no trend in the oiled area; pigeon guillemots (Cepphus columba), marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), and Kittlitz’s murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) are declining in the oiled areas of Prince William Sound. Results of all surveys have been summarized in reports and results through 1998 have been published by Irons et al. (2000) and Lance et al. (2001). Analyses and synthesis of these survey data are the only ongoing means to evaluate the recovery of most of these injured species. Please note: The cost of report writing was not included in the original proposal because I was told that in FY 2007 the Trustees wanted only a one year proposal and the report cannot be written in the same year as the surveys because of timing of the surveys.


Geographic Regions Gulf of Alaska
Prince William Sound
Species Seabirds - Alcids (Puffins, murres, auklets, murrelets, etc.)
Seabirds - Cormorants
Seabirds - Gulls and terns
Seabirds - Loons, grebes, phalaropes
Seabirds - Procellariformes (Albatrosses, shearwaters, fulmars, storm-petrels)
Seabirds - Sea ducks
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Management & Policy
Management & Policy
Population Biology
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Marine – Pelagic
Species Specific Research Issues Seabirds - Contaminants
Seabirds - Distribution and abundance

Proposal: View PDF (31 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2008

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2008

Annual Report: 2008: #qGetAnnualReports.Status#

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2011: 10100751 View (PDF) 2011: View (PDF)
2010: View (PDF)
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2007: 070751 View (PDF) 2007: View (PDF)
See Project 080751 See Project 080751
2006: 050751 View (PDF) 2006: Not Applicable
2005: Not Applicable
View No datasets
2004: 040159 View (PDF) 2004: View (PDF)
See Project 050751 See Project 050751
2002: 02159 View (PDF) 2002: Not Available
See Project 050751 See Project 050751
2001: 01159 View (PDF) 2001: Not Available
See Project 050751 See Project 050751
2000: 00159 Not Available 2000: View (PDF)
See Project 050751 See Project 050751
1999: 99159 Not Available 1999: Not Available
See Project 050751 See Project 050751
1998: 98159 Not Available 1998: View (PDF)
See Project 050751 See Project 050751
1997: 97159-CLO Not Available 1997: Not Available
See Project 96159 See Project 96159
1996: 96159 Not Available 1996: Not Available
View No datasets
1994: 94159 Not Available 1994: Not Available
View No datasets
1993: 93045 Not Available 1993: Not Applicable
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